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GWPC Race Pamphlet ImageYour Event Athlete Guide

We have assembled a special guide to highlight all of the great features of the 2017 event,  especially in regard to race day details.

On Site Packet Pickup and Registration

Packet Pickup and Registration will not be available on site the morning of the race

To ensure you are able to register and collect your race bag prior to the event,  you must attend one of our packet pickup events starting on Saturday, April 15. See Pre-Race info for more details.

Click here to register for Athlete Updates.

Bag Check

If you have gear you want to set aside prior to the race, we’re on it!

Use the clear bag check bag that was provided to you at Packet Pickup to stow your stuff.

We will have a sectioned-off, attended area near the Start Line of your race. All participant gear will be loaded on a truck to be transported to the Finish Line.

Though we will have attendants monitoring all checked items, Pacers Running will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Please bring no valuables.

The Bag Check area will shut down at 11:30 am.  Any uncollected items will be taken to Pacers Alexandria. After one week all items will be donated.


Getting to the Race


The Parkway Classic is a point to point race. Because of the unique nature of this race, it is highly recommended that you read through all of the transportation options below thoroughly to determine the best option for you.

You can also view and print a Race Day Athlete Guide to have the transportation details at hand as you plan your day.


The 10 miler starts at Mount Vernon Estates and finishes in Old Town, Alexandria at Oronoco Bay Park. The 5k starts at Belle Haven Park and finishes in Old Town, Alexandria at Oronoco Bay Park. Both races start at 8:00AM.

Due to road closures and limited access to the course, runners will have to select one of the transportation options we have outlined.

Free Pre Race Shuttles

The majority of runners elect to take advantage of the complimentary bus transportation to the Start Line.

We are providing transportation from

  • Alexandria / Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria / Eisenhower Avenue
  • Arlington / Pentagon City (10 Mile runners only)

You must have your bib number with you when boarding the buses. This is your identification as a registered runner.

Please note that PRE-RACE complimentary bus service is for runners only. Family, friends, and spectators will not be allowed to board any of the pre-race shuttle buses. Friends and family may board the post-race shuttles but must be accompanied by a runner. Strollers cannot be accommodated pre-race in the shuttles but can travel in the post-race shuttles.




Shuttle- Alexandria at Fairfax Street

Bus transportation from Alexandria at Fairfax Street begins at 5:30am. The last bus leaves at 7:00am. You should plan to arrive well before then to ensure you catch a bus. We suggest boarding by 6:15am or you will likely encounter a wait to board.

The buses load at 700 N. Fairfax Street in Old Town. Buses will stretch from Wythe to First Streets along Fairfax Street.

10 mile and 5k runners will board different buses. 10 Mile runners will board on the west side of Fairfax Street while 5k runners will board on the east side of Fairfax Street. Look for signs.

Parking is available at Canal Plaza:

99 Canal Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314

Shuttle- Alexandria at Eisenhower Avenue

Bus transportation from Alexandria at Eisenhower Avenue begins at 5:30am. The last bus leaves at 7:00am. You should plan to arrive well before then to ensure you catch a bus. We suggest boarding by 6:15am or you will likely encounter a wait to board.

The buses load on the corner of Hoofs Run Drive and Eisenhower Avenue.

10 mile and 5k runners will board different buses.  Look for signs.

Ample parking is available for race participants at the US Patent and Trademark Office east garage:

600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (please follow signs)

And, parking is available in the Hoffman Monument Lot located across from the Hoffman AMC Theater



Shuttle- Arlington at Pentagon City

Bus transportation from Arlington at Pentagon City for 10 mile participants only begins at 5:30am. The last bus leaves at 6:30am. You should plan to arrive well before then to ensure you catch a bus.

The buses load at South Hayes Street and Army Navy Drive.

Parking is available at the public Pentagon lot located across from the mall:

800 Army Navy Drive, Arlington VA 22202

Free Post Race Shuttles

Post-race shuttles will be available from 8:00am – 11:45am on race day to shuttle participants to King Street Metro, Pacers Alexandria, Eisenhower Avenue, and Pentagon City. The pickup will be located on Fairfax Street. These buses will run on a 10-15 minute loop. There are no post-race shuttles back to either Start Line.

Directions - Car (& Parking)

Start Line:

Vehicular access to the start is extremely limited. If you are being dropped off at the 10 mile start, you will need to be dropped off south of the Post Office (there’s a bus turnaround approximately 800m south of the Post Office that will serve as a drop off point). You will not have access via vehicle to the Post Office OR the Circle in front of Mount Vernon Estates.

No personal vehicles may park at Mount Vernon. Any personal vehicles parked at Mount Vernon will be towed.

Finish Line:

Limited street parking is available in and around the finish area. To avoid delay, consider parking west of Washington Street and walking the handful of blocks to the finish area.

Restricted Parking: There are absolutely no vehicles allowed north of King and South of Pendleton on Union Street or where posted on Franklin Street. Any vehicle parked in these areas will be ticketed and towed.

Bus Loading:

Alexandria/ Fairfax Street –

Free underground parking is available at Canal Center Plaza (99 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA, 22314).

Alexandria / Eisenhower Avenue –

There is ample parking at the Patent and Trade Office East Garage (600 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314) and the Hoffman Monument Lot (2430 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22314).

Arlington / Pentagon City –

Parking is available at the public Pentagon lot located across from the mall (800 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA, 22202)



Directions - Public Transit

Metro does not open early for this event. Please make alternate arrangements.


Directions - Cycling/Walking

If you would like to arrive by bicycle, it is suggested that you ride to Old Town, plan to lock your bicycle near the Finish area, and take the Alexandria at Fairfax Street Shuttle to the Start Line. There are bike racks in and around the Finish area.

Bikes will absolutely not be allowed on the Parkway or the course, but are allowed on the adjoining bike path. It would be possible to ride to the Start Line, but your bicycle would need to be left behind.




Bring Your Support Crew

We encourage you to bring family and/or friends to cheer you on as you take on the Parkway Classic course! Handmade signs,  noisemakers, and the like should be the least they can do for you.

Spectators tend to congregate along Union Street approaching the Finish Line. Only bibbed runners, credentialed staff, and police will be allowed in and around the Finish Line chute. Absolutely NO exceptions.

Spectators are allowed to view along any portion of the course, and there are many great spots to be stationed on the Parkway. However, spectators should be cognizant of road closures and have a good way to get to and from a chosen site. Bikes will absolutely not be allowed on the Parkway or the course, but are allowed on the adjoining bike path.

Upon completing the event, meet friends and family at the Finish Festival. Cheer on other participants then go as a group to the Port City Beer Garden for a post race celebration. Kids will have fun on a moonbounce or taking photos with George Washington at our photo booth. With such a festive atmosphere, it is a great event for families!

Special Instructions and Tips

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After the race, we encourage you to stop by the Port City Beer Garden at our Finish Festival (Must be 21 for alcoholic beverage- bring ID) and sample some of their other tasty offerings.

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Take a Shuttle

Since the Parkway Classic is a point to point race, free shuttles are offered to take runners to the Start Lines. Though it is permissible to be dropped off by a friend or a family member, for most people the best option will be to take advantage of our transportation offerings.

Shuttles will leave from three locations. Read the transportation instructions above thoroughly to determine the best option for you.

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Course Pace Timelines & Sag Bus

We will have a sag bus manned by a nurse following the last runner.

You must maintain a 15 minute pace to not be placed on the sag bus. You will be asked to board if you fall behind our course time limits. From the gun start, runners must arrive at each mile mark by the time of day noted:

Mile 1 8:30 am Mile 6 9:45 am
Mile 2 8:45 am Mile 7 10:00 am
Mile 3 9:00 am Mile 8 10:15 am
Mile 4 9:15 am Mile 9 10:30 am
Mile 5 9:30 am Finish 10:45 am

If you feel like you cannot complete the event for any reason, please board the sag bus. If you board the sag bus, you may NOT get off the sag bus and continue on the course.

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Early Starts

Early starts are extremely limited due to course restrictions and are reserved exclusively for individuals who want to participate in the event and who indicated YES during registration to a slot with an anticipated pace of slower than 15 minutes.

There will be three distinct early starts at 7:00 AM, 7:15 AM, and 7:30AM. Runners who requested and met the criteria will be notified by March 1 via email whether they have been awarded an early start slot and for which time. Approved Early Start Runners will be asked to collect their Race Bibs at the Pacers Alexandria Packet Pickup Location to accommodate the special nature of the group bib assignments. (Runners who participate in an early start and who run a faster pace than 15 minutes may be held on course at different checkpoints based on our course restrictions and/or disqualified.)

Runners who are not selected for an early start group and anticipate not being able to maintain a 15 minute pace are welcome to switch to the 5k distance and we are happy to make that edit for anyone who might feel that it is their best plan for having a successful day.